Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) is shining at round magnitude +6 because it zeros-in on closest method to Earth, at distance of round 125.3 million kilometres (0.838 AU) on 12 September. It’s closest to the Solar (perihelion passage) on 17 September, at a distance of 32.9 million kilometres (0.22 AU).
Presently it lies low within the pre-dawn sky in Leo and it’s slipping additional into the twilight mire every morning because it will get ever nearer to the Solar. Nevertheless, it’s brightening steadily. This week is your final probability to identify it within the pre-dawn sky earlier than closest method.
Comet professional Jon Shanklin studies Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) is now seen in binoculars from good websites; he feedback additional “however was tough from Cambridge in 20 x 80 binoculars on August 30 despite the fact that it was magnitude +7.1. It was barely simpler on August 31 at +6.9, regardless of some cirrus cloud. It’s small and properly condensed”. The comet appears to be like spectacular in photographs right here shot by Michael Jaeger early this month from Austria.
Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) transfers to the early-evening sky after shut method, although its elongation from the Solar is barely 12 to fifteen levels. There’s a slim probability to identify it in robust twilight about 40 minutes after sundown between thirteenth and 18th September, mendacity simply 6° or so excessive within the west-northwest. Some estimates have Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) at magnitude +2.8 right now; even when that’s appropriate, it will likely be exhausting to see.